American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A system for social reform advocated by Charles Fourier in the early 19th century, proposing that society be organized into small self-sustaining communal groups.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The communistic system propounded by the French socialist Charles Fourier (1772-1837), based on his philosophy of the passions and affections. According to his plan, society was to be organized into phalanxes or associations united by the principle of attraction, each large enough for all industrial and social requirements (estimated at about 1,800), arranged in groups according to occupations, capacities, and attractions, living in phalansteries or common dwellings, and guaranteering to every member the means of self-support, or maintenance under disability, and opportunities for the harmonious development of all his faculties and tastes. Several phalansteries were established in France and the United States; but it was not found practicable to carry out his plans fully in any of them, and their existence was brief. Also called
- n. The cooperative socialistic system of Charles Fourier, a Frenchman, who recommended the reorganization of society into small communities, living in common.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The coöperative socialistic system of Charles Fourier, a Frenchman, who recommended the reorganization of society into small communities, living in common.
- Fourier + -ism (Wiktionary)
“Brook Farm was thus free, it had to bear its share in the general assaults upon the doctrines of associative life and "Fourierism" that were made elsewhere.”
“Should it have been the fortune of any one to come across an occasional allusion to Fourier, it will be apt to be of such a forbidding nature that there will be no strong temptation to follow the subject further; and all through the literature of our country, in the writings of men whose reading, if not their knowledge, should have taught them better, will be found intimations that "Fourierism" was a system of life based on a plane hardly worthy of being rated higher than mere sensualism.”
“Charlie Black: Fourierism was tried in the late nineteenth century... and it failed.”
“E. Poulat, Les Cahiers manuscrits de Fourier (Paris, 1957), which includes a guide to studies of Fourierism; Oeuvres choisies de C.H. Saint-Simon, 3 vols.”
“It was during this remarkable movement, which has never yet been properly studied, that modern Socialism was born -- Fourierism with”
“This explodes the infidel systems of Fourierism, Socialism,”
“But how do you account for this wonderful change, this unprecedented fever for Fourierism?" asked Flocon.”
“It differed from Fourierism and Owenism, however, in that instead of a universal appeal based upon Brotherhood,”
“There was a multitude of what Engels calls "social quacks," but the really great social movements, Owenism in England, and Fourierism in”
“It was now merged in the weekly _Tribune_, in which all sorts of vagaries were exploited: Fourierism, spiritualism, opposition to divorce and the theater, total abstinence, abolitionism, opposition to the annexation of”
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